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Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 | 0 comments

Foods to Encourage Graves’ Disease Remission

A standard nutritarian diet will be helpful for all thyroid disorders as well as Graves’ disease; but Graves’ disease patients especially benefit from goitrogenic food as they help discourage thyroid hyperactivity. While there is a lot of confusion surrounding the benefits of goitrogenic food, they are in reality only problematic in people who already have iodine deficiency.  This problem is unlikely to occur in individuals who used iodized salt.  Here’s a, by no means exhaustive, list of widely available goitrogenic foods.

  • Almonds
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Bok Choy
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard greens
  • Kale
  • Mustard greens
  • Peanuts
  • Radishes
  • Rutabega
  • Spinach
  • Turnips

What to Avoid to Protect Your Thyroid

Pesticides: opt for organic or grown your own food

Toxic Personal and Home Care Products: see the myriad of DIY tutorials on Pinterest or select a company that makes non-toxic products

Chlorine: Chlorine can potentially disrupt thyroid function – perhaps not in all people but if you are already suffering from thyroid dysfunction it would be best to avoid

Many theorize that Graves’ and other autoimmune disease are a response to the overwhelming amount of toxic substances in the environment.  Obviously there are other pieces to the puzzle but it certainly won’t hurt to reduce the amount of poison in your life.

 

Resource

Bercz JP, Jones LL, Harrington RM, Bawa R, Condie L. Mechanistic aspects of ingested chlorine dioxide on thyroid function: impact of oxidants on iodide metabolism. Environmental Health Perspectives. 1986;69:249-254.

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Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 | 0 comments

Best Diet for Graves’ Disease

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune condition that causes thyroid overactivity and a slew of other unpleasant symptoms.  While of course you should follow a doctor’s recommendations for treatment most do not include diet in their treatment of the disease.

There is a great deal of suspicion that Graves’ disease is trigged by environmental and nutritional factors.  In the treatment of my own Graves’ disease I’ve found eating a  high nutrient diet and eliminating toxic personal care products from my routine very helpful. If you want to dig deep in learning the benefits of a high nutrient diet Dr. Furhman’s Eat to Live is a great place to start. This is a general idea of how I approach my day.

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The diet should be rich in fruits and vegetables, organic when  possible.  Remember that conventional produce is still nutrient rich and autoimmune supportive.  Selecting processed food labeled organic in lieu of produce in any form would be a mistake. In the weeks to come I’ll be listing specific foods that are particularly helpful and sharing some simple recipes that incorporate them.

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